GOING OUT / Beware: exploding emotions ahead

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THEY EAT Pearl Jam for breakfast. Their current album, Geta Grip, has a picture of a cow with a pierced udder on its cover. They've got more funk in their little fingers than the Red Hot Chilli Peppers have in their entire family trees. Who else could this be but Bostonian metal deities Aerosmith (above), corruptors of America's youth for almost a quarter of a century? 'It's about emotion and just . . . exploding,' says guitarist Joe Perry of their music, an unusually supple hard rock hybrid, which has kept remarkably true to its R'n'B roots. Singer Steve Tyler (he whose lascivious lips made Mick Jagger look like Hilda Ogden) and the sure-fingered Perry might have cleaned up the appallingly self-destructive lifestyle that won them the nickname 'The Toxic Twins', but their music is as low-down and dirty as it ever was. And if it hadn't been for those years of insanity, Perry explains: 'We all might weigh a hundred pounds more and live in country homes and not make music any more, and I wouldn't like that at all.' Does he think they were lucky to get out alive? 'I know we were, man.' Aerosmith share their good fortune at Sheffield Arena, 0742 565656, Thur; Birmingham NEC, 021-780 4133, Sat & Sun; Glasgow SECC, 041-248 3000, 29 Oct; and Wembley Arena, 081-900 1234, 7 & 8 Dec. (Photograph omitted)

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